Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Work Institute: Spring 2017 Fellowship

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM


The Good Work Institute is accepting applications for their next series of regional leadership development program sessions in Spring 2017.

The Good Work Institute focuses on shaping the world through teaching upcoming entrepreneurs or enterprises. Profit and non-profit combine, and a variety of those in the larger “working sphere” are welcome to apply— artists, religious leaders, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, intrapreneurs, and many more are all welcome.

The Good Work Institute believes that products, services, goods, and businesses should develop in sync with the natural world. They offer classes and workshops geared toward business developments in a holistic way, offering mental, physical, spiritual, and nourishing practices to their attendees.

The institute combines community activities with lessons and events to engage the body, mind, and spirit. Their curriculum threads include “Self: Compassion and Calling,” “Enterprise: Good Work Commitments and Plan,” and “Place: Leadership and Belonging.”

The Good Work: Hudson Valley Fellowship will meet two times a month for one to two day sessions throughout the Hudson Valley. Up to 30 fellows will be selected. Applications are due November 15, the fellowship begins January 11, 2015 and ends June 16, 2017.

For more information, visit their website.

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Hothouse Flowers Vocalist to Visit Red Hook

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Liam Ó Maonli
  • Liam Ó Maonli

Celtic rockers Hothouse Flowers made only a modest dent in early 1980s/late 1990s American college radio, but they’re certified gods in their home of Ireland, where their records have topped the charts and they’ve earned the patronage of Bono himself. Next month, the band’s frontman Liam Ó Maonli comes to Solas An Lae Studio in Red Hook for a special solo concert.

Besides playing keyboards and guitar in Hothouse Flowers, Ó Maonli is adept on the indigenous Irish frame drum known as the bodhran and, in addition to his seven studio albums with the band, has released two solo discs and acted in several films. He’s also fluent in Gaelic and performs many songs in that ancient Irish language.

Here he is singing the traditional “Carrickfergus” with fellow Flower Peter O’Toole in 2013:

Liam Ó Maonli will appear at Solas An Lae Studio at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, New York, on November 3 at 7pm. Conor Mac Diamarda will open and Solas An Lae Dance Company will also perform. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and teens). For more information, call (845) 876-5694 or visit

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Second Annual Catskills Conf

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Now in its second year, the Catskills Conf comes back to the Hudson Valley October 21-23 at the Ashokan Center. The conference builds upon the success it experienced in its inaugural year and will bring together technologists from both the Hudson Valley and from New York City for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and, above all, immersion.

Speakers include Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, and Matthew Stinchcomb, the founder of the Good Work Institute and Executive Director at, who will speak to what it means to “do good work.” The founders of upstart companies such as Agrilyst, SoundingBox, and Field Company will also speak throughout the weekend.

Apart from the speakers, the conference will offer lively music and late-night entertainment, activities (including hard cider fermentation, instructional on botanical drawing, a plant foraging how-to, and blacksmithing), and plenty of opportunities to be inspired by the woods surrounding the venue.

For more information and tickets go to their Facebook page.

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Report from the Woodstock Film Festival

Rushing from Alec Baldwin to a world premiere documentary

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 1:33 AM

I went to pick up my press credentials at the Woodstock Artists Association and saw Alec Baldwin with a group of notable festival stars, all lined up for a photo op. Mr. Baldwin looked fit, much thinner than he does on TV, modest and jubilant. When the photo shoot ended, Alec passed close to me –within 15 inches – while I pretended not to notice.

My credentials, incidentally, were supplied by a woman named Sierra Slaughter. I told her I was rushing to see Magnificent Burden: A Love Story About Parenting. “It’s fabulous,” she said. (Sierra had seen the screener.) She was right. And this was the world premiere! A documentary about a young boy with a severe neurological disease sounds unappetizing, but actually Magnificent Burden is an action-adventure-thriller, set in upper-class LA. Everything Daniel Craig is pretending to experience as James Bond, Ren really goes through every day. Walking across the floor, for him, is like escaping three trained assassins. It brings tears to your eyes to see a four-year-old indomitable hero – who is, in fact, often dressed as Spiderman.

The best movies today sit modestly on the margins of film festivals like silent janitors.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn Converge for Troy Concert

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn
  • Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn

Say wow, jazz fans. On October 29, two of today’s top pianists, Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, will take time out from their hectic solo schedules and meet at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) for a rare—and sure-to-be mind-blowing—improvised duo performance.

For Iyer, an Albany native who teaches music at Harvard, the concert represents a return to his Capital Region roots. A MacArthur Fellow, Doris Duke Performing Artist, Grammy nominee, and three-time Down Beat magazine Artist of the Year, he’s recorded 20 albums, most recently for the revered ECM label. Like Iyer, Taborn regularly performs solo, leads his own bands, and has topped many a Down Beat and Jazz Times poll; he’s also found frequent work as a sideman, appearing on over 100 recordings by the likes of Dave Holland, James Carter, Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, Paul Motian, Tim Berne, and others.

Here’s a taste of the pair performing in 2013:

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn will perform at EMPAC in Troy, New York, on October 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (518) 276-3921 or visit

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Spark Media Project hosts this all-day film festival, screening a series of youth-produced short films at the Bardavon Opera House on Friday, November 4. The films spread across multiple genres, often touching on hard-hitting issues like sexuality, race,immigration, and clean water. The event seeks to connect youth and community together, through media arts.

“Reel Expressions is about celebrating and sharing different perspectives and realities. It’s never about winning a prize or coming in first place. It’s very inspiring and motivating to be in an audience with my peers, and to see what stories they are telling. It helps me to be better, work harder, and continue to push the boundaries of my imagination,” former Reel Expressions youth filmmaker Darian Henry says.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers before the showing, a brief awards ceremony, and a series of interactive animation stations. If you’ve ever wanted to explore how a green screen works or enter into the world of cinematic virtual reality, this is your chance.

Teens have the chance to showcase their work to the community. Young people engage with the and explore the media arts, and support their peers while enjoying top-quality films. The festival is aimed at teens and adults, though younger children and families are welcome. Some themes may be more mature and for older audiences.

Tickets are free to youth 21 aged 21 and under. Tickets are $10 for adults, and can be purchased here.

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6th Annual Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Discover local history and Hudson Valley heritage throughout Ulster County during a week-long series of events from October 21-30.

The National Register of Historic Places has listed over 160 sites in the county (established in 1683), making the list of possibilities nearly exhaustive. Kingston, the original capital of New York State, is home to many districts that reflect a storied past—the Revolutionary era Stockade District, the mid 19th-Century maritime Rondout-West Strand Historic District, prosperous domestic Chestnut Street Historic District, and the architecturally rich Fair Street Historic District.

This heritage week will showcase the places, spaces, artifacts, and people that have shaped Ulster County’s past and present. Experience history from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, agricultural and industrial transformations, and, of course, politics.

One area that will be especially prevalent is the Rondout district. Take a walking tour of the Rondout district, and learn how immigration to the area affected trade and commerce in a once-blossoming maritime village at the Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour. Saturday October 29, at 1pm starting at the Heritage Area Visitors Center.

“Rondout Revisited,” at the historic Reher Bakery, supported by the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, will offer an interactive exhibit exploring three distinct stages in Kingston’s past, from 1820 to through the urban renewal years. Reher Bakery buildings will be open for tours Sunday October 23 and Sunday October 30, 10am-2pm at 101 Broadway, Kingston.

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The Kids’ Movement Project

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zahava Wilson with a young patient
  • Zahava Wilson with a young patient

With gentle movement and directed attention with a practitioner, the Feldenkrais Method can improve a person’s ease, range of motion, flexibility, and coordination. The method utilizes the concept of neuro-plasticity - the brain’s ability to reorganize or repair itself by forming new neural connections. Children with neurological, developmental, or orthopedic issues may benefit from this work, because it enables them to learn new ways of functioning. On the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd, a group of practitioners using the Feldenkrais Method will be holding a clinic, called “The Kids Movement Project” to provide free sessions to children ages birth to 6 years old.

Zahava Wilson, a physical therapist in Woodstock specializing in the pediatric population, began the project so families could sample the method. Generally, a child in treatment might have one or two 45-minute lessons each week, or schedule several sessions over a couple days each month, if they live far away from a practitioner. During the Kids’ Movement Project weekend, they’ll schedule up to four free sessions during the course of the weekend to get a real taste of something that Wilson feels could be life changing. “Through working with children over the years,” Wilson says, “I see how this method can be very powerful in helping them achieve their fullest potential.”

All of the participating practitioners are trained in the Feldenkrais Method, as well as other related methodologies specific to children, like Anat Baniel Method and Child Space. And they’re all located within the Hudson Valley. Parents will have the opportunity to speak with a practitioner beforehand to ask any questions.

The Kids’ Movement Project, Feldenkrais Method sampler, at Yoga on Duck Pond, 70 Duck Pond Road in Stone Ridge: October 22-23, by appointment. Call 845-679-5226 or email for more information and to schedule individual sessions. Pre-registration required.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Angry Orchard Harvest Fest

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Angry Orchard is hosting their first-annual harvest festival on Saturday, October 15 with music, food, and newly-released hard cider varieties.

Catchy-acoustic-pop group G. Love & Special Sauce perform on the main stage, followed by Jewish-reggae singer Matisyahu, known for his songs "One Day" and "King Without a Crown." Other musical acts will appear throughout the day on the main stage and cider house back porch stage.

If guests are unsure of which growler to pick from—knotty pear, crisp apple, old fashioned, and more— they can sample three exclusive selections in the innovation cider house. Those who don’t fear heights can attend a treehouse tasting room tour. Yes, it is a real treehouse. No, the trees do not talk or slap people for grabbing their apples like in The Wizard of Oz.

Those that wish to pursue some games can try their hand at cornhold or other lawn games, or visit the orchard’s old school Angry Arcade. Tickets can be exchanged for Angry Orchard prizes.

Food will be for purchase from food trucks, including 3 Mamas and Mike, Handsome Devil BBQ, Lekker, and Stoked: A Wood Fired Kitchen.

Gates open at 2 pm this Saturday, October 15 at Angry Orchard, 2241 Albany Post Road in Walden. The event is 21 and over. General admission is $45, VIP tickets are $75. Purchase tickets here.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Yoga and Music Festival Heads to Hunter Mountain

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Jai Uttal
  • Jai Uttal

Now in its fourth year, the Ahimsa Music and Yoga Festival, which will take place November 4-6, has added more musicians to perform in its classes and individual and group concerts, along with a new late-night DJ dance party and a full evening of live drumming. It also has a new home, Hunter Mountain, where in addition to music its organizers will offer all-inclusive packages for on-site lodging, locally sourced gourmet meals, yoga classes, and workshops for all levels.

Among the musicians slated to appear at this year’s weekend-long retreat are Grammy-nominated vocalist and guitarist Jai Uttal, often referred to as one of the godfathers of kirtan, who has lead gatherings around the world for more than 30 years, and Donna De Lory, who toured with Madonna as an accompanying vocalist and dancer for 20 years before pursuing her own successful solo career in spiritual music. The newly added late-night Bhakti dance party features the selections of DJ Taz Rashid.

Bliss out to Uttal's “Radha Rani”:

The 2016 Ahimsa Music and Yoga Festival will be held November 4-6 at Hunter Mountain resort in Hunter, New York. For more information, including package prices and music-only ticket prices, visit

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